New York

This state has a law currently in place; read below to see whether your background qualifies you to practice. Please note bills and amendments can be introduced at any time, so check the Get Involved area below to see what bills we're actively monitoring in this state. If action on a specific bill is needed, additional materials will be posted to this page.
In the 2017-2018 New York legislative session, A 75 has been introduced to license certified nutrition specialists. It is expected that additional licensure bills will be introduced; we will work on these bills to ensure a level playing field for all nutrition care providers.

CURRENT LAW

Summary: 

This law is a certification law. The law certifies dietitians and nutritionists, and there is a non-RD pathway to certification. Certification gives you the right to use the titles "certified dietitian," “certified dietitian," or “certified nutritionist”. However, there is no certification requirement for providing nutrition care. 

Disclaimer: This information does not constitute legal advice. This is a preliminary interpretation of language of state statutes, and cannot substitute for legal counsel.

PROPOSED LAW

Summary: 

 

  •  Under this bill the two professions are lumped together under the same title, “licensed dietitian/nutritionist” or “LDN,” however the only path to licensure is by meeting the AND’s dietetic-centered educational, experience, and exam requirements

 

  • The bill outlines an extraordinarily broad scope of practice that many people in many fields legitimately engage in, yet would be illegal for someone not licensed under this proposed law. This includes: medical nutrition therapy (MNT), nutrition diagnosis, assessment, care process, intervention, evaluation and monitoring, and each of these is further defined. For example, an intervention is defined as "a purposefully planned action designed to positively change nutrition related behavior, risk factor, environmental condition, or aspects of health status for individuals, groups or the community". This means a health or mental health care provider who advised a high anxiety client how to taper down or off caffeine would be conducting an intervention--and would be in violation of this law unless he or she were licensed as an LDN. A health coach teaching a class on foods to lower risk of diabetes would also be in violation.
     
  • The seats on the state board that oversees licensure would be reallocated in favor of dietitians.

  

 

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Nutrition care in other Health Professions

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Currenlty health coaches are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for health coaches to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. Practicing health coaches MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their practice. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools in a coaching practice.

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Currenlty herbalists are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for herbalists to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. Practicing herbalists MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their practice. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools in an herbalist practice.

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Currenlty personal trainers are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for personal trainers to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. Practicing personal trainers MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their practice. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools in a personal trainer practice.

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Currenlty retailers are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for retailers to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. Retailers MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their work. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools at a retail location.

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Currenlty weight loss specialists are not licensed in any states in the United States. If there is an exclusive scope of practice nutrition licensing law (red or orange on the map) in a state, then it is illegal for weight loss specialists to provide nutrition counseling unless they obtain a nutrition license, or fall under an explicit exemption, which is rare. Practicing weight loss specialists MUST review the scope of the nutrition law in their state including all exceptions and exemptions to assess whether they are legally able to use nutrition tools in their practice. Seeking legal advice may help to determine whether laws governing nutrition care would be violated by the use of nutrition tools in a specialists practice.

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